Heritage gems dazzle crowds

Restoration of Hunmanby Market Cross...'Laura Collier-Woods (front) with others who attended the official unveiling of the restored Market Cross.'113672. Pic Kevin Allen. '10/09/11.
Restoration of Hunmanby Market Cross...'Laura Collier-Woods (front) with others who attended the official unveiling of the restored Market Cross.'113672. Pic Kevin Allen. '10/09/11.
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HUNMANBY’S hidden gems sparkled brightly during a grand celebration of the its history.

The village came to life in a Heritage Open Day, which recognised the significance of its cultural and architectural past.

Focusing on a plethora of buildings, including All Saints Church, Wrangham House, The Pinfold and Hunmanby Hall, the day also marked the official unveiling of the restored Market Cross, in Cross Hill, and legendary custom of Riding the Stang.

In the procession, an effigy of a man - usually who has treated his wife badly - was fixed to a pole and taken around the village for three nights.

Cllr John Blackburn, mayor of the borough of Scarborough, was on hand to herald the occasion with a speech and praised Hunmanby’s historic features.

He said: “Everyone in Hunmanby is justifiably proud of the village’s long historical past and some fine examples of its heritage are still evident for villagers and visitors to enjoy every day.

“There are no longer traditional fares, including the annual hiring of labourers by the local farmers, but Cross Hill remains the central vantage point overlooking All Saints, the Rectory and much else that is old and not-so-old.

“Hunmanby, with its strong links with the past, remains a proud example of what can be achieved in the future.”

Organisers have confirmed they are in discussions to make the celebrations an annual fixture in the village’s calendar.